Guy Eshed

Israeli flutist Guy Eshed is principal flutist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under it’s music director Lahav Shani.


He held the same position with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence Opera House) under Zubin Mehta, Berlin Staatskapelle under Daniel Barenboim, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding and the Manchester Camerata under Douglas Boyd. In addition, he is principal flutist of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2001.


In great demand as an orchestral musician, Guy has appeared as guest solo flautist with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of La Scala, among others.


As a soloist, Guy has appeared at the prestigious Salzburg and Lucerne festivals with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez as well as in Italy, Germany,the UK, Hungary and his native Israel with orchestras such as the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Israel Camerata Jersualem, Ecuador National Orchestra, the Berlin Chamber Soloists, Berlin Hof Musik, the Tel-Aviv Soloists and the Kammerphilharmonie Amade, collaborating with Trevor Pinnock, Nicholas Kraemer, Jaime Martin, Frieder Obstfeld and Kolja Blacher.


Guy is a keen chamber musician and apart from his work and recordings as a founding member of Ensemble 360, he is regular participant of the The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival and has taken part in various chamber music festivals as the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Vaals Festival.


He has performed in prestigious chamber music series such as of the Wigmore Hall, Paris Cité de la Musique, Berlin Konzerthaus, Paris Louvre, Düsseldorf Tonhalle and Essen Philharomonie with partners including Daniel Barenboim, Kirill Gerstein, Elena Bashkirova, Frans Helmerson, Klaus Thunemann, Marie Luise Neunecker, Karl- Heinz Steffens,Gary Hoffman, Pascal Moragues, Alex Klein, Guy Braunstein, Antje Weithaas, The Berlin Philharmonic Soloists and others.


He has recorded several times for the Israeli radio, German radio, the BBC, the Swedish Radio and made 4 cds of works by Mozart, Spohr, Beethoven and Poulenc for the ASV and Nimbus CD labels.


Guy was a regular scholarship winner of the America-Israel Foundation and won a special excellency grant from the Töpfer Foundation, Hamburg.


He graduated with honors from the Rubin Music Acadey of the Tel-Aviv University, the Hochschule for Music “Hanns-Eisler” Berlin and the Hochschule for Music and Theater Hamburg. Among his teachers were Lior Eitan, Yossi Arnheim, Mordechai Rechtman, Prof. Jacques Zoon and Prof. Moshe Epstein.


At the age of  21, after completing his three years service duty for the Israeli Army as principal flautist of the Air Force Orchestra, Guy was appointed principal flautist of the Northern Israel Symphony Orchestra, Haifa, where he played between 2000-2002.